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Gulf South skips Summer EBT; Mardi Gras horse adoptions; cervical cancer prevention

Krewe of Thoth members parade down Canal Street, February 10, 2013
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Krewe of Thoth members parade down Canal Street, February 10, 2013

Children in the Gulf South will miss out on a federal program that provides low-income families with extra cash for groceries over the summer. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Maya Miller reports on why Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama opted out of the program. Then she looks at other programs addressing childhood hunger in the region.

Horses are a staple at Mardi Gras parades, but they don’t always have a place to go at the end of Carnival season. Thankfully, the Humane Society of Louisiana has a program to help these horses get adopted.

HSLA board member Rena Sweeney tells us more about adoption efforts and the importance of finding these animals a home.

Louisiana has one of the highest cervical cancer death rates in the country, with rates higher in predominantly African American communities in both urban and rural areas. Recently, a research team from the LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center in New Orleans was awarded a $1.5 million grant to address barriers to cervical cancer prevention.

Dr. Michael Hagensee, principal investigator for the grant, tells us more about expanding care in rural and hard-to-reach communities.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and assistant producer is Aubry Procell. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.

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Karen Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose stories have aired nationally on NPR.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.